Legendary music producer Quincy Jones has worked alongside various music icons, ranging from Michael Jackson to Ray Charles, but it appears that he is seemingly indifferent to rap acts like Lil Wayne.
When asked how today’s pop stars stack up to the legends he’s worked with, Jones gave a candid response. “Let’s get real, man. When you come from the era of Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, it gets hard to get used to Lil Wayne, I just can’t handle it.” Jones said in an interview with Abu Dhabi’s English-language newspaper The National. Jones was honored last week at the annual Abu Dhabi Festival.
He continued, “There are some good singers out there. Mary J. Blige can sing, so can Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. I know who they are. I also know who they aren’t, too.”
Quincy says that the caliber of music in general has declined. “Music has gone so far down lately because everyone is going after the money. People are making songs to sell all sorts of things such as tires, clothes and alcohol. When you go after the money, God walks out of the room, trust me,” he says. “I never went out after the fame and money. I was just doing what I loved and the money came. You gotta do what you love and really believe in it because that is your truth.”
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